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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Further Islamification of Europe

Sub-sea passage for trains will link Istanbul's European and Asian sides from today

Turkey is for the first time connecting its European and Asian sides with a railway tunnel, which is set to open today.

The sub-sea passage that runs below the Bosphorus Strait, will link the Asian and European shores of Istanbul for the first time. The opening of the major engineering project marks the completion of a plan initially proposed by an Ottoman sultan about 150 years ago.

It is intended to ease traffic congestion and pollution in Istanbul as well as creating an important trading route, which connects China and Western Europe.

The tunnel is among a number of large infrastructure projects under the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that have helped boost the economy but also have provoked a backlash of public protest.

The tunnel is 13.6 kilometres (8.5 miles) long, with 1.4 kilometres (4,593 feet) running under the Bosphorus - the strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara and divides Istanbul between Asia and Europe.

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